The vessel outfitting will be completed in the next few months at Merwede shipyard before installation of the pipelay spread begins. The high specification pipelay spread, capable of installing flexible pipe using a vertical lay system and rigid pipe by the jay-lay method utilizing the same tower, is being designed and manufactured by Huisman-Itrec also in the Rotterdam area.
The Seven Seas is the second pipelay vessel being built by Merwede for Subsea 7. The first, the Seven Oceans, is currently undergoing sea trials at this moment at Huisman-Itrec and will be delivered in a few weeks. The Seven Oceans departs for the Gulf of Mexico to work on the Chevron Blind Faith project in the summer.
Mel Fitzgerald, Subsea 7's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are delighted to have successfully launched the Seven Seas and we look forward to her delivery in 2008. The availability of both our new pipelay vessels will enable us to fulfill one of our key strategic objectives of having the ability to install flexible and rigid pipelines in ultra deepwater. We are delighted that we have been able to keep our build program on schedule and deliver the exceptional capabilities of these vessels to our clients as promised".
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